Survey: NYC Voters Want Safer Streets

With the November mayoral election drawing near, a survey of New York City voters has found that two thirds support protected bike lanes and pedestrian plazas.

The poll, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and Transportation Alternatives, asked New Yorkers who voted in the Sept. 10 primary and who are likely to vote in the general election, about a range of street safety issues.

It revealed that safety is a personal issue for many New Yorkers: One in three has been injured or know someone who has been injured in a traffic crash, according to the poll.

Sixty-seven percent of all voters and 65 percent of votes who own cars said they support bringing protected bike lanes and pedestrian plazas to their neighborhoods, measures that have resulted in 50 percent fewer injuries to all users on major roads. Voters in the Bronx lead the way with 77 percent expressing support for safer infrastructure.

Additional findings:

  • Eight-six percent of all voters surveyed and 82 percent of voters who own cars voiced support for adding more speeding enforcement cameras in school zones. State lawmakers approved a bill in June that authorizes a pilot program to install speed-enforcement cameras in these zones.
  • Although sixty-one percent of  highly likely voters say their households own cars (compared with 49 percent of city households), the poll found that 70 percent travel by subway, bus, bike, walking or taxis as their primary forms of transportation.  This is consistent with the latest census figures showing that 71 percent of New Yorkers commute by those means.

The poll results send a message to mayoral candidates that safe streets and equitable access to them are meaningful issues to likely voters.

The telephone survey among 875 proven New York City voters was conducted in mid-September. The margin of error was +/- 3.31 percent.

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